We were up visiting Megan’s Aunt, Uncle and cousin in the Boothbay area near the end of the summer. Oxbow was our third visit of the day, we had visited Boothbay Craft Brewery as well as Split Rock Distilling. Megan’s family was curious about Oxbow Brewery, and we had heard a lot of good things about their beer. We visited the brewery in Newcastle, Maine. This is the location where the brewing is done, in a rural, wooded area.
They also have a tasting room in Portland, Maine. Portland is their blending and bottling location. Not sure how they transport the beer down to Portland, but it is smart to have a tasting room in Portland.
We have heard good things about Oxbow, but have not visited or had any
beer from them, until now. From their website they say:
Oxbow is an American farmhouse brewery specializing in
traditional Belgian-style ales with contemporary American
influence. We brew small batches of beer in a renovated
barn in rural Newcastle, Maine.
They had 5 drafts on sale to sample, as well as bottles to purchase for on site consumption. We got a flight of all 5 beers. Aunt Terri and Uncle Steve just tried 1 or 2 samples on their own.
Luppolo – italian style pils 5%
Decent flavor, a light bodied lager, not that interesting though.
Loretta – grisette 4%
Very light to drink, with a mild farmhouse funk flavor, mildly hoppy. Nothing too crazy, but it did have and interesting, complicated flavor profile. Aunt Terri said it was very light and easy to drink.
Farmhouse Pale Ale 6%
Starts with a typical Saison flavor, followed by some Citrus hop flavor. The hops balance the Saison flavor nicely, pretty tasty beer overall.
Grizacca – american grisette 5%
Pretty good beer, farmhouse flavor with a good citrusy dry hopped flavor.
Momoko – barrel aged farmhouse ale 7%
Very, very good beer. It smelled fantastic, like peaches and you could smell that it was sour. Strong peach flavor with a good sourness to it. This is the type of beer we were hoping for and looking for. We bought 2 bottles to go.
Seating inside the tasting room, barrels and stools.
There is plenty of seating outside in different area’s on the
grounds. And some farm life out and about.
Summer hours. Check for seasonal hours, their hours do vary.